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District Judge Stephen Illingworth of Hastings of the 10th Judicial District of Nebraska has retired after 33 years of service. Six lawyers submitted letters of application to fill the vacant position.

Kenesaw’s Tyson Denkert and Sandy Creek’s Josh Shaw were named All-Tribland Football Athletes of the Year.

Six cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, attributed to the novel omicron variant have been confirmed in the Public Health Solutions Health District, which includes Fillmore and Thayer counties in Nebraska. These six cases became the first related to omicron confirmed in Nebraska.

About 20 residents of Village Terrace in the Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village were evacuated after a fire in the entrance filled the building with smoke.

Hastings Middle School counselor Michele Kimle has been named Nebraska Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Nebraska School Counselor Association.

Hastings City Council has opened five tenders for the demolition of the 16th Street Viaduct. Bids ranged from $ 1.316 million to $ 6.32 million. The engineer’s estimate for the project, which includes grading and construction of a new 16th Street from St. Joseph Avenue to Kansas Avenue, along with sidewalks and parking areas, was 1 , $ 46 million.

Angie Riley, a paradeucator at Lincoln Elementary School, was named Elementary Para-Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Department of Education.






Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican answers students’ questions on December 1, 2021, after hearing arguments at Hastings High School.



Students from several local and area schools attended a session of the Nebraska Supreme Court in the auditorium of Hastings High School. The session was part of the High Court’s educational outreach to students across the state.






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Dixie Rousseau of Hastings faces Southern Valley in the Tigers’ first home bowling meet on December 7, 2021, at Pastime Lanes.



The work of more than 200 residents of the Minden region has been unveiled at the Minden Opera House following the arrival of ‘Community Unfolding in Minden’, a community origami work of art directed by artist from Lincoln Linda Stephen. The play, which depicts a Christmas scene in the town square in Minden, was completed over several months and is now on the ground floor of the Opera House.

The Hastings High School Boys and Girls varsity bowling teams both defeated Southern Valley in a duel for their first victories since bowling became an officially sanctioned sport by the Nebraska School Activities Association.

Diane Keller of rural Harvard, a longtime member of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, received the Nebraska Community College Association Governor’s Award for her service to the CCC and her efforts to support the two-year colleges of the Nebraska.

The Hastings College Choir and the high school choirs of Hastings High School, Minden and Harvard joined the Hastings Symphony Orchestra in their annual holiday concert. The large number of musicians necessitated the relocation of the event to Lynn Farrell Arena at Hastings College.

Despite objections from a room full of Hastings residents, Hastings City Council voted 7-0 to award a $ 1.32 million contract to United Contractors Inc. of Johnston, Iowa, a low bidder for the demolition from the 16th Street Viaduct on the Union Pacific Railroads and related earthworks and paving.

The Hastings Board of Education voted 8-0 to award contracts for upgrading the bleachers at Hastings High School North Gymnasium and resurfacing the high school track.

Carson Blum, an outstanding former basketball athlete at Minden High School and Hastings College, has returned to his high school alma mater as the Whippets’ new basketball coach.

Hastings City Council has approved an agreement with the State of Nebraska to install left-hand turn signals at Seventh Street and other key intersections along Burlington Avenue.






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Downed power lines are pictured on 12th Street between Brass Avenue and Alda Avenue in Juniata on December 15, 2021.



A clever and dangerous weather system brought high winds to Tribland, severe thunderstorms accompanied by hail and tornadoes, dust storms, wildfires and plunging temperatures, causing various types of property damage in the space of just one day. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least six tornadoes have touched Tribland.

Hastings Citizens With a Voice, an organization opposed to the demolition of the 16th Street Viaduct, has obtained the green light from Hastings City Clerk Kim Jacobitz to distribute a new referendum petition on the matter. The petition effort, if successful, will require a special election to prevent city council from following through on its decision to demolish the Union Pacific railroad bridge.

The Hastings Public Library has eliminated the practice of fining customers for overdue documents.

Theater District LLC, the entity that redeveloped the former Imperial Mall property, was seeking permission from the City of Hastings to renovate the old Imperial 3 Cinema building on the property to resume its use as a theater . The Imperial 3 closed in 2017.

The Adams County Council of Commissioners approved 6% annual increases for most of the county’s elected officials for the years 2023-2026.

Photographer Carol Highsmith, who has traveled the United States for more than four decades searching for images for her collection on modern American life, visited the Bigfoot Crossroads of America Museum and Research Center in Hastings for a photoshoot. The images will be part of a permanent exhibit of Highsmith’s work at the Washington Library of Congress.

Cara Kimberly was the new executive director of The Lark in downtown Hastings, home of the Listening Room concert series. She succeeded Robin Harrell, the founding executive director, who moved to Lubbock, Texas.

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